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Here, we are with a fresh issue of our journal for 2017. The present issue is principally centered on the problems caused by opportunistic parasitic infections. “Evil begets evil” and so does immunocompromised state begets opportunistic infections. The advancement in medicine is surely a boon for humankind. This has helped many people to fight cancer, replace damaged organs. However, the benefits do come with a price. Not to mention the slowly rising HIV pandemic. These conditions have pushed more and more people into immunocompromised states thereby making them potential targets for opportunistic infections. In our first issue for this year, we have extended our focus on the impact of opportunistic coccidian disease, cryptosporidiosis on a global as well as national level. With the amount of information produced in the symposium section, the important aspects of this disease such as early diagnosis and recent advances cannot be stressed further.
While we are at it, this issue also brings original research on the effects of coccidian parasites in immunocompromised children and the possibility of missing diagnosis of the same. Our invited guest commentary on Plasmodium knowlesi is an eye-opener regarding the burden of infection in our country and gives you all the information you need to keep handy to diagnose and treat malaria caused by this emerging pathogen efficiently. The issue also covers in detail on the various aspects of bioethics. And, do not miss out on the snippets of information on cystic echinococcosis and visceral leishmaniasis in the dispatches section of this issue.
We are immensely grateful to our editorial team, sponsors, publishers, and most importantly, our beloved readers for your continuing support. Hope we continue to live up to standard and fulfill your expectations in our present and forthcoming issues.
Have a wonderful year ahead!